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Kingston Bridge, Glasgow

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The Kingston Bridge is a balanced cantilever dual-span ten lane road bridge made of triple-cell segmented prestressed concrete box girders crossing the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The largest urban bridge in the United Kingdom, it carries the M8 motorway through the city centre. The Kingston Bridge is also one of the busiest road bridges in Europe, carrying around 150,000 vehicles every day.HistoryThe name of the bridge referred to the erstwhile Kingston Dock which was located on the south bank of the river. It had been completed in 1867 between Windmillcroft Quay and the former headquarters of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society on Morrison Street in Tradeston, adjacent to where the bridge now stands. It was Glasgow's first enclosed dock. The dock was eventually closed to navigation in 1966, when work began on the construction of the Kingston Bridge, and the basin was subsequently in-filled and apartments built on the site. At the time of construction however the Clyde Port Authority still insisted that the bridge have a clearance height of 18 m (60 ft) in order to allow dredgers to go upstream as far as the King George V Bridge. The bridge was designed by William Fairhurst and built by Logan-Marples Ridgway.
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  • This is the main bridge over the Clyde. However please avoid this route during rush hour times as it becomes whacky races with cars swapping lanes at high speed.  more »
  • Amaing how a modern bridge can have structural problems in the past (I assume all fixed) An interesting bridge but nothing remarkable. Worth passing over at high speed by car - Never walked it? not ur...  more »
  • Being able to walk right underneath and know that literally tonnes of weight is crossing above you is simply fascinating to me and to many people I'm sure! You can see the huge lorries crossing above ...  more »